SyCipLaw recognized as Philippine Deal Firm of the Year at 2013 ALB SE Law Awards

May 20, 2013

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was adjudged once again as the Philippine Deal Firm of the Year at the recent ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2013. The award recognizes the Firm’s stellar work portfolio and expertise in the area of Banking and Finance, including Capital Markets. This Firm has received the recognition since 2010.

Some of the notable deals that the Firm handled in 2012 include advising Black River Food Fund in the purchase of existing and new shares of AgriNurture, Inc.; assisting Alaska Milk Corporation and Houlihan Lokey of Hong Kong in connection with the sale of stake of the Uytengsu family; representing Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited in the acquisition of 50% of Rustan’s Supercenters; advising NTT Communications in its definite agreement on a capital tie-up with the DTSI Group; acting as Philippine counsel to CGA Mining Limited in its definitive Merger Implementation Agreement with B2Gold Corp.; advising HSBC, sole issue manager, to San Miguel Corporation (SMC), and the eleven banks that were joint bookrunners and underwriters, on the issuance and listing of SMCs Series “2” preferred shares; acting as Philippine counsel to DBS Bank Ltd. in its divestment of 10.4% interest in Bank of the Philippine Islands; advising Maybank ATR-Kim Eng Capital Partners, Inc., Standard Chartered Securities (Singapore) Pte. Limited, and UBS AG, Hong Kong Branch, joint lead managers, on the sale of the 15% stake of SMC in San Miguel Pure Foods Company, Inc.; acting as Philippine counsel to OceanaGold Corporation in connection with a US$8 million senior secured facility obtained from Sprott Resource Lending Partnership; advising Rabobank Nederland and ING Bank N.V., lenders, in the financing for the acquisition of shares in Alaska Milk Corporation; advising Export-Import Bank of the United States in the financing for the acquisition by flag carrier Philippine Airlines of a brand new B777-300ER; and advising on OceanaGold Corporations US$225 million corporate refinancing facilities.

The awarding was held at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore on 17 May 2013.